New Orleans Saints

NFC South

C+

Overall Team DVOA

4.7% 14th

While the season ends in disappointment, it's a credit to Sean Payton and the Saints coaching staff that New Orleans came as close to the playoffs as they did, after injuries and retirements decimated the offense and the massive cap crunch they started the year with. The defense very nearly dragged them into the postseason by themselves, which would have been a tremendous accomplishment. Question one now has to be what to do at quarterback. Do the Saints continue with the Taysom Hill experiment, or use their first-round pick on a Sam Howell type?  If they stick with Hill, they could add a much needed receiver, or tackle, or safety to the team...but they'd also be stuck with Hill. -- Bryan Knowles

DVOA Team Rankings

Through Week 22

Total DVOA
4.7%14th
Offense
-10.6%23rd
Defense
-15.0%3rd
Special Teams
0.3%16th
Weighted DVOA
-0.2%18th
Unadj. Total VOA
6.2%13th
Pythagorean Wins
9.414th
Schedule Strength
-0.9%23rd

2021 Season Projections

Mean Projection
9.5 wins9th
Projected Schedule
-0.2%19th
Projected DVOA
8.6%7th
Playoff Contender (9-11 wins)
40.6%6th
Super Bowl Contender (12+ wins)
24.5%9th
Win Super Bowl
4.6%8th
Playoff Contender (9-11 wins)
40.6%6th
Super Bowl Contender (12+ wins)
24.5%9th
Win Super Bowl
4.6%8th

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Football Outsiders Almanac 2021